Introduction to Molecular Biology Information Resources
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Renata Geer is a Technical Information Specialist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), National Library of Medicine. She develops and presents educational programs on molecular biology databases and software to facilitate awareness of and access to the growing array of resources. Prior to her current role, she helped to organize NCBI resources through the development of the NCBI site map and resource guide, wrote help documentation for genome resources at NCBI, tested software and contributed to design ideas, and provided technical support to worldwide users of NCBI databases and software through e-mail, phone, and in person at molecular biology conferences.

As a member of the Medical Library Association, Renata founded the Molecular Biology and Genomics Special Interest Group, which continues to facilitate library involvement in molecular biology and genetics information services. Renata also coordinates NCBI's "Educollab" project to develop and teach the NCBI Advanced Workshop for Bioinformatics Information Specialists. Members of the collaboration include university-based scientists and librarians who are developing and providing bioinformatics support services at their institutions. The Educollab group also works as a team to present a course on "Introduction to Molecular Biology Information Resources" to library staff nationwide.

Renata joined NCBI in September 1994 as a Technical Information Specialist with The KEVRIC Company, under contract to NCBI, and served as Project Manager for KEVRIC before accepting a position with the NCBI in December 1997. Prior to obtaining her M.L.S. from SUNY at Buffalo in 1993 and completing the National Library of Medicine Associate program in 1994, Renata worked as a Senior Medical Sales Representative with Mead Johnson Pharmaceuticals. She also taught biology in a traditional high school setting, and developed and presented novel educational materials for an award-winning Science Magnet School located on Zoo grounds in Buffalo, New York. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Cornell University.